Restoring Some iPad 9, iPad mini 6, and Some iPhone 13 Models From Backup Can Cause Widgets to Reset

Apple today said that it has discovered an issue that can cause widgets to revert to their default settings after restoring an iPhone or an iPad from backup.

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The bug affects "a limited number" of iPhone 13, ‌iPhone 13‌ mini, iPhone 13 Pro, ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max, ‌iPad‌ 9, and iPad mini 6 devices.

Apple says that those who run into this issue will need to customize their widgets again. Customizing a widget can be done by following these steps:

  1. Touch and hold a widget to open the quick actions menu.
  2. Tap Edit [widget name].
  3. Make your changes, then tap outside of the widget to exit.

Widgets without an edit option do not have settings that can be modified. Customers who are receiving one of the new ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ devices today or tomorrow may already be running into this issue. There is a day one iOS and iPadOS 15 security update available for new iPhones and iPads that mentions a fix for the widget bug.

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Apple does not mention the iOS 15 update in its support document, so it may be that the new version of iOS 15 simply fixes the bug going forward while still requiring widgets to be reset after restoring from an initial backup.

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Top Rated Comments

Ninjaman Avatar
14 months ago
So the widgets are screwed and they say not to update from backup as music is screwed ad well? WTF is going on
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BWhaler Avatar
14 months ago
I had the widgets reset and every app had some functionality blocking bug of basic functionality, most of which were fixed with a reboot. Not all.

I hate to say it, but Apple software is now in Microsoft territory where you wait until x.3 or x.4 before you trust it.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
collin_ Avatar
14 months ago

I don’t have a password manager so I’d ask to re do them all don’t the idea of that sucks
They’re life changing I highly recommend Bitwarden
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Taz Mangus Avatar
14 months ago

So the widgets are screwed and they say not to update from backup as music is screwed ad well? WTF is going on
When you get the phone, there is a software update you should apply before restoring from backup. Setup as new, software update, erase all contents, setup and restore from backup.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mikeenglish Avatar
14 months ago

Steve Jobs must be spinning in his grave.
Always some idiot that say this!
Not everything under his leadership was launched perfect!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
winxmac Avatar
14 months ago
This is similar to what others experience when they go from one Windows 10 version to another... Like 1809 to 1903 or 1709 to 1803 or anything that has a major build jump...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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